Zliten truck bombing

Zliten truck bombing
Part of Libyan Civil War (2014–present)
Zliten (Libya)
Location Zliten, Murqub District, Libya
Coordinates 32°27′50″N 14°34′21″E / 32.46389°N 14.57250°E / 32.46389; 14.57250Coordinates: 32°27′50″N 14°34′21″E / 32.46389°N 14.57250°E / 32.46389; 14.57250
Date 7 January 2016
Target Policemen
Attack type
Suicide truck bombing
Deaths 60+
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Abu al-Abbas al-Muhajir

The Zliten truck bombing occurred on 7 January 2016, when Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb at the police training camp al-Jahfal in the coastal town of Zliten, Libya. Libyan authorities said at least 60 policemen were killed and over 200 were wounded. Concrete buildings inside the compound were charred from the blast and their windows blown out; nearby cars were turned into black and twisted metal wrecks. The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, said the blast was a suicide attack.[1][2][3][4]

Wilayat al-Barqah, a province of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya claimed responsibility for the attack. They said the bomber was Abu al-Abbas al-Muhajir, who detonated his explosive-laden truck among the Libyan border police at the base.[5]

This incident was the deadliest millitant attack since the 2011 Libyan revolution, followed by Al Qubbah bombings which killed 40 people in February 2015.[6]




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